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Roberts case – a summary

The name of this case may seem familiar; perhaps too familiar given the time it usually takes for matters to proceed through our court system. However, you’d be right. This is the third preliminary issue in the matter of Harry Roberts (a minor and a protected party by his mother and litigation friend Mrs Lauren […]

Covid-19: Duties of Guernsey directors

As companies continue to adjust to operating under the various regimes put in place by both the States of Guernsey and governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and even now look forward to how and when restrictions may be eased, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (the GFSC) has issued guidance on matters they believe directors should give particular regard to when undertaking their role.

Retrospective submission of a contract of sale

On 8 May, 2020, the Supreme Court of Cyprus delivered its much-awaited judgement in the context of the appeal 68/19 (Appeal), granting leave for the submission of an application for the issuance of a Certiorari, a prerogative writ.

Covid-19 litigation update

New Practice Direction 51ZA Extension of Time Limits and Clarification of PD51Y Almost three weeks ago saw the publication of the 118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules. This new practice direction, namely practice Direction 51ZA, sought to revise the usual procedures for the extension of time limits and to provide clarification on […]

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Hugh James ramps up for London launch

Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees for the launch. •Cardiff-based Hugh James is to launch its first office in London and has recruited Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman outsourcing partner Phillip Rees for the launch. Rees, most recently a partner […]

Using your voice as a business tool

Little emphasis is placed on the voice, but it can define and influence how you come across to others. When a client or colleague meets you for the first time, they make a judgment based on how you speak. Therefore it makes sense to invest time in making your voice sound professional and as you […]

Four settle as Hammonds pursues former partners

Hammonds settled with at least four of its former partners before kicking off its £3m profit dispute against 14 other ex-partners in June, it emerged last week. One former partner told The Lawyer that there were originally around 18 former partners that the firm was looking to sue. “I know of at least four, however, […]

FTSE100 set to demand diversity stats for panels

The Law Society will launch a diversity charter in October that will make FTSE100 companies force law firms to provide diversity data before being appointed to panels. The society held two meetings on 10 and 31 July with representatives from Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Slaughter and May, British Airways, National Grid and Royal […]

Simpson Thacher hikes charge-out rates

The New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has increased its charge-out rate for top performing partners to $1,000 an hour. Key partners at the firm, such as head of litigation Barry Ostrager, litigation partner Kevin Arquit and M&A partner Richard Beattie, will now charge clients approximately 10 per cent more than their previously […]

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